Mother Manatee and Calf
These three manatees, including a mother and a calf, were spotted during the aerial survey. “Belize does a pretty good job of managing many human pressures on its ecosystems, which are diverse and plentiful,” Wallace said. Such pressures and threats include pollution, habitat degradation, boat strikes, incidental capture in fishing gear, and hunting for human consumption.
“Specific to manatees, Belize has an active manatee standing network that rehabilitates injured manatees, and they have set up manatee sanctuaries in areas of high manatee use,” Wallace added. “However, it’s important to remember that while Belize hosts more Antillean manatees than any other country in the region, the numbers are still quite low, so there is still much work to be done.”